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Outdoors: grouse season opens in Pennsylvania

Thursday, October 19, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Grouse season opened Saturday to little fanfare. Unlike pheasant season, with stocked birds that are essentially a put and take situation, our state bird remains a truly wild game bird and are the toughest to hunt.

Of late, their numbers are diminishing primarily because of a loss of habitat and disease promoted by West Nile virus. They’re not over-hunted because these beautiful birds inhabit rugged terrain that some hunters don’t relish trekking through. And those who do, a good hunting dog can do much of the brush kicking work for these fast flyers.

Girls soccer falls in overtime overtimes

Thursday, October 19, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

It took two overtimes to finally decide a winner when Whitehall met Pleasant Valley in the opening round of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Girls Soccer Championship.

The winning goal came off the foot of Pleasant Valley defender Rylee Robinson. The victory put the Bears in the semifinals where they lost to Easton, 2-1. The EPC finals will pit Easton against Parkland, a battle of the two top seeds.

The Bears entered the tourney as the third seed while the Zephyrs had the sixth spot.

Pete’s Top-10: Nazareth making moves up poll

Thursday, October 19, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Not much change in this week’s poll but Nazareth is one of the climbers this week after their win over Freedom. Emmaus can take a leap and boost their confidence heading into the postseason with a win over Easton this week, while Parkland and Bethlehem Catholic look to keep their supremacy at the top of the poll.

It’s week nine of football and it’s still in the 70s outside. Let’s see how things heat up in this week’s picks.

1. Parkland (8-0)

Last week’s rank: #1

Another week to heal any players banged up.

The Pick: Parkland 49- Northampton 0

Girls fall to Emmaus

Thursday, October 19, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Whitehall’s rousing win over Northampton catapulted them into the league playoffs, guaranteeing them a shot at an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference field hockey crown.

It was a busy final week for the Zephyrs who also clinched a district playoff spot in that final stretch of games as they went 3-0 to close out the regular season. But it was their victory over the Konkrete Kids that was especially gratifying given their first encounter with their league rivals.

Hawks, Trojans roll to wins

Saturday, October 14, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference’s top two teams rolled to victories Friday night, while in the Colonial League Northwestern put a scare in once-beaten Southern Lehigh before falling to the Spartans.

Here’s a look at some of the action in the eighth week of the 2017 high school football season.

Whitehall-Bethlehem Catholic

The Golden Hawks cruies to a 56-14 win over Whitehall.

Cross country season winds down

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The Whitehall cross country team’s season is winding down, which means it’s time to get ready for the upcoming postseason meets.

The Zephs took part in their final regular season meet at Parkland Tuesday, and will next get ready for the EPC meet on Oct. 17 and districts on Oct. 25. Both meets take place at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.

Head coach Mike Lelko said Juanita Flores and Caleb Staub have both been the top consistent runners for the girls and boys cross country teams this season.

Zephyrs down Freedom

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Whitehall’s victory over Freedom last Friday night was due in large measure to the work of the guys up front who spearheaded a robust running game that flattened the Patriots.

Yes, this night belonged to the Hogs, that collection of unsung heroes who opened holes for Whitehall’s stable of backs who rushed for 412 yards in their 45-37 win over the Pates at Frank Banko Field. That’s the most yards gained on the ground this season for the Zephyrs, surpassing their previous high by 59 yards which came against Nazareth.